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Rhinoplasty Description & Benefits

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery, nose job) is a facial cosmetic procedure, usually performed to enhance the appearance of the nose. The term rhinoplasty means "nose molding" or "nose forming." During a rhinoplasty procedure, the nasal cartilages and bones are modified to make the nose smaller (reduction rhinoplasty), or tissue is added (augmentation rhinoplasty). The change can be made by adding or removing bone or cartilage, grafting tissue from another part of the body, or implanting synthetic material to alter the shape of the nose. Some of the reasons people elect to undergo rhinoplasty include unnatural size, a bump on the bridge of the nose, an off-center or crooked nose, asymmetry due to injury, excessively flared nostrils, a droopy or thick tip, or excessive wideness. Rhinoplasty can also provide relief from breathing problems or correct a birth defect.

Rhinoplasty Procedure Steps

The rhinoplasty operation usually takes between one and two hours. If you are having reconstructive work or a more complicated nose surgery procedure done, the surgery may take longer. Your rhinoplasty surgeon can tell you what to expect in your particular case. Internal rhinoplasty involves making all incisions inside the nasal cavity. The external or "open" technique involves a skin incision across the base of the nasal columella. An external incision allows the surgeon to expose the bone and cartilage more fully and is most often used for complicated procedures.

During a nose job surgery, the skin of your nose will be separated from the bone and cartilage support. This bone and cartilage framework is then sculpted to achieve the form you desire. The rhinoplasty surgeon may employ different techniques, depending upon what results you want to achieve, and your cosmetic surgeon’s preference. Once the cartilage and bone have been sculpted into their new shape, the skin is redraped over them. If the procedure requires adding to the structure of the nose, the donated bone, cartilage, or skin can come from the patient or from a synthetic source. When the rhinoplasty operation is over, the surgeon will apply a splint to help the bones maintain their new shape. The nose may also be packed, or stuffed with a dressing, to help stabilize the septum.

Rhinoplasty Recovery

The face is a highly sensitive area and therefore after invasive surgery may require a number of weeks before swelling and bruising subsides, depending on the nose surgery procedure. Bandages and dressings are required for the duration of this healing period. Not until a few months later will the nose will be fully healed and the results clearly visible. When you come round from your nose job procedure, you will have packs (dressings) in each nostril for about a day, which will stop you from breathing through your nose. You may be asked to stay in hospital overnight, so that the packs can be removed in the morning. You will also have a splint over your nose to support it for seven to 10 days. You may have some minor nose bleeds for a few days. Dissolvable stitches will disappear on their own in seven to ten days. Rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have subsided, and take any pain medication prescribed to you to help relieve any discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off. Take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

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Rhinoplasty Side Effects & Risks

There are a number of risks and complications specific to rhinoplasty. They include red spots on your skin's surface which are caused by burst small blood vessels, scarring, and additional minor surgery to correct a slight deformity.  Other risks include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, infection, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot.

Rhinoplasty Costs

The average cost of a Rhinoplasty is anywhere from $4200-5800, depending on the physician and areas treated.

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